Harold passed away September 30th, 2021. He was born at home in Missoula July 9, 1933, the third child of 8 siblings to Rudolph and Dorothy Hochhalter.
Harold met his future wife, Patricia Jones, at the Missoula Stop N Shop and they were married in September 1956. Together they had three children, Steven, Shelley and Cara. Patricia passed away in 2006 just two months before their 50th wedding anniversary. They enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling and traveling with neighborhood lifelong friends. He enlightened the outings with a good prank and teasing the youngsters.
Dad never got over losing mom and couldn't wait until he would be reunited with her. His wish has come true and they are now together through eternity.
Harold started work at Community Creamery (later to become Meadow Gold Dairy) at a very young age where he delivered milk in glass bottles to the troop trains during WWII.
Dad was a Korean War veteran in the chemical smoke division, honorably discharged as a sergeant, in 1961. After his return from Korea, he went back to work at the creamery where he worked until retirement in 1977. He received Meadow Gold’s National Supervisor of the year award in 1968 and was the first yogurt salesman in Missoula. After retirement he purchased the retail milk routes and continued the milk business as Community Home Service Dairy until 1996. The business is still operated by his son Steve.
Harold developed a lot of craft skills on woodworking, carpentry, electrical and plumbing, etc., and many of his friends and family benefited from his knowledge.
He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Inez, Elmer, Arlene and Lyle and son-in-law John Toomey.
Survivors include his children, Steve (Joani) Hochhalter, Shelley (Randy) Hutcheson, Cara Toomey; six grandchildren, Teich, Anna, Shane, Steven, Erich and Alyssa; brother Willard (Joanie) Hochhalter; sisters, Donna (Robert) Trowbridge and Lillian Adamson; Patricia’s brother, Robert Jones; 8 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.
A private burial service was held October 5th at Missoula VA Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial offerings be made to Missoula Meals on Wheels or a charity of choice.